Is email dead? Some people seem to think so, and some disagree. Personally I think it is just being overshadowed by social media, and the instant messaging apps which are constantly popping up on mobile devices. But email will always be around, and there will be some old school traditionalists like me (in other words, old people like me) who will always appreciate email and keep it going. Like everything else online, email will evolve to fit with the times.
Email is of course, a pulse we constantly have our finger on here at MUO. Why, only last week Saikat swiped one of my ideas for his article on how to write better emails (I’ll get him for that later). So before he nabs anymore, here are 5 email tools you should try out.
We start with one for the Mac OS X users. Short simple emails seem to be in vogue at the moment. Thank Twitter and SMS for the short 140 character messaging habits, which has now made its way to email. This cheap paid app puts a paper plane icon in your top bar, and you can open it to send short emails.
You can pre-populate the email with options, and the recipient only has to choose an option and send it back. So they don’t have to worry about typing long answers for short questions. They simply have to choose one of the options.
Email is used for all types of situations now, from the casual query, to the Dear John letter to the job application. But how do you type these emails properly? What is the correct protocol for “unsubscribing aggressively”?
Canned Emails gives you a list of emails you may need to send, along with what you should say. Just click on the link, and your default email program will open up with the subject field and email pre-populated with the text. You are saved from the task of creating canned responses yourself.
Everybody loves their mom. She brought you into the world, and baked you cookies when you were growing up. But when you grow up, you move away from home, and perhaps not see her as often. Personally since I live in another country, I see my mother only once every 12-18 months. And it can get very easy to forget to keep in touch.
Write Mom is a free service which reminds you on a regular basis to send an email to Mom. Just specify what your mom calls you, her email address, and you will get a regular reminder. She will be overjoyed and may stop nagging you to come and visit more often.
Have you ever been in a situation where you needed to find the email address of someone at a company, but you couldn’t find it? Or perhaps you just need a faster way to look for the address? Then Thrust is your go-to service.
Just enter the person’s name and the company they work for, and Thrust will start looking for their email. When it has found it, there will be a clickable link to open a new email window with the address already pre-populated and ready to go.
We finish with something which holds the whole concept of email together — the password. Without the password, all of our emails would be laid bare, including my monthly recurring cheaper prescriptions from Canada. So to keep everything secret, it pays to have a really strong password.
Password Meter will tell you how strong your password is in real time as you enter it. You’ll get a score based on various factors, and then an overall percentage on how strong it is. As you can see, mine is 100% and “very strong”. Oh yeah.
Do you know of any new email tools which we should be using? Let us know in the comments below.